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Blinders Off is a podcast about St. Louis. Your hosts Matthew and Lucas explore the past, present, and weirdness of St. Louis. In a city older than the United States, there is plenty to explore. We’ve covered stories you wouldn’t typically expect in a radio show format: A lawsuit involving a building mural that has stretched into a decade long fight. Sensor microphones installed in hidden locations to track gunfire. The confusion of St. Louis city street design, and more. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Lou.

Blinders Off is a podcast about St. Louis. Your hosts Matthew and Lucas explore the past, present, and weirdness of St. Louis. In a city older than the United States, there is plenty to explore. We’ve covered stories you wouldn’t typically expect in a radio show format: A lawsuit involving a building mural that has stretched into a decade long fight. Sensor microphones installed in hidden locations to track gunfire. The confusion of St. Louis city street design, and more. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Lou.

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Description:

Blinders Off is a podcast about St. Louis. Your hosts Matthew and Lucas explore the past, present, and weirdness of St. Louis. In a city older than the United States, there is plenty to explore. We’ve covered stories you wouldn’t typically expect in a radio show format: A lawsuit involving a building mural that has stretched into a decade long fight. Sensor microphones installed in hidden locations to track gunfire. The confusion of St. Louis city street design, and more. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Lou.

Language:

English

Contact:

636-448-0811


Episodes

STL Neighborhoods: Vandeventer 58 of 79

4/1/2020
Vandeventer is not just the name of a road. It's a crucial neighborhood of the original northern half of the city! Maybe you’ve seen part of Vandeventer sitting in Forest Park. Matt and Lucas attempt to explain the murky history of its namesake and once again learn of an unsung St. Louis hero. For research and notes check out the full show notes here: bit.ly/vandeventerstl Have feedback? Did we miss something? Know something we don’t? Email us at: blindersoffpodcast@gmail.com of send a...

Duration:00:16:19

Necropolis Pt. 3: The Great Fire of 1849

3/1/2020
The Great Fire of 1849 is something of a forgotten tragedy in St. Louis history. Join your brave hosts and Christopher Alan Gordon of the Missouri Historical Society as they explore the cause and lasting effects of the "Appalling Calamity." Homegrown Guest: Josh Stevens of Reedy Press. https://www.reedypress.com/ For more info, read our show notes. Questions? Comments? Corrections? Reach out to us at BlindersOffPodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Also visit...

Duration:00:33:16

STL Neighborhoods: Midtown 37 of 79

1/24/2020
Midtown is one of St. Louis' most well - loved neighborhoods...but how well do you know the area? Can you tell the difference between “Historic Midtown”, “Midtown”, and “midtown”? Matt & Lucas explore current boundaries, historical neighborhood designations, Art Deco cop shops, as well as test their knowledge of landmarks. Check out our show notes for additional information. Questions? Comments? Email us at BlindersOffPodcast@gmail.com, or reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, or...

Duration:00:16:46

CBD: Gateway Drugs, Part 1

12/13/2019
What is CBD? And why is it on sale seemingly everywhere? Is it legal? What does the future of medical marijuana mean for this new, popular business? Follow Matt & Lucas as they dig into Farm Bills, talk to CBD retailers, visit a research lab, and learn about the history and future of CBD treats (who doesn’t like Gummy Bears?) Visit us at: www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research are available here: http://bit.ly/blindersoffCBD Send us feedback, thoughts, and ideas...

Duration:00:47:43

STL Neighborhoods: Marine Villa 18 of 79

10/1/2019
We are launching ongoing miniseries: STL Neighborhoods. We have 79 of them in St. Louis City. How were they formed? Where are they located? How did they get their names? We have a lot of questions. Join Matthew and Lucas as they try to learn as much as they can about the city we live in neighborhood by neighborhood. This first episode is about Marine Villa in the southern area of the city. Midtown (central) will be the next neighborhood, followed by Vandeventer. After these first three are...

Duration:00:16:46

Introducing STL Neighborhoods

9/25/2019
Why do we have 79 neighborhoods in St. Louis? When did they form? How did they earn their names? How do you even make a neighborhood? These are just some of the questions we'll explore in our new miniseries: STL Neighborhoods. Each St. Louis neighborhood will get its own episode. But as we learn more we'll publish additional or supplemental episodes as well. The first three neighborhoods are: Marine Villa (South) Midtown (Central) Vandeventer (North) After those three episodes are...

Duration:00:01:39

Bingo!

8/4/2019
Why did the MO 2018 Ballot contain a new amendment regarding Bingo? Join us as we learn about gambling laws, "boats in moats," and whether or not St. Louis is dealing with a nefarious "Bingo Mafia." Visit us at: www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research are available here: http://bit.ly/blindersoffbingo Send us feedback, thoughts, and ideas for episodes: blindersoffpodcast@gmail.com Interview guests include: Tom Murphy, President of the Association of Charitable Gaming...

Duration:00:28:32

Pigs on the Wing: The St. Louis-Lambert International Airport

5/14/2019
Should St. Louis-Lambert International Airport be privatized, or remain a public asset? Matt and Lucas delve deep into St. Louis’ unique history with aviation and wrestle with its present and future. We also speak with experts on aviation policy, and the people trying to keep aviation policy in the public’s view. And finally, we answer the burning question: Who is Moneypig? Visit our website at www.blindersoff.show View our show notes, research materials, and learn about our interview...

Duration:01:20:13

Iron Hand In A Velvet Glove: The Veiled Prophet of St. Louis Part 2

2/26/2019
Who was the Veiled Prophet in 1972? And why do we get a free fireworks display in Downtown St. Louis every year? Also learn what it was like to be a Maid of Honor at a VP Ball, the crushing power of shame, and how ACTION avoided a massive lawsuit. Visit us at: www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1INP4ZqT4FqvqroL4v_5IeeD1oYvlbZV0JD__dO6IeI4/edit?usp=sharing For feedback, thoughts, sponsoring the show, or ideas for...

Duration:00:44:40

Iron Hand In A Velvet Glove: The Veiled Prophet of St. Louis Part 1

2/25/2019
What is the Veiled Prophet organization? What is its history in St. Louis? Learn about the 1877 Labor Strike, debutante balls, the power of peashooters, and how a single group can help expose a closely guarded civic secret. Also, join us in our love of the term “Beloved Despot.” Visit us at: www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1INP4ZqT4FqvqroL4v_5IeeD1oYvlbZV0JD__dO6IeI4/edit?usp=sharing Send us for feedback,...

Duration:00:46:49

Necropolis Pt. 2

12/21/2018
Why recreate Victorian era funeral practices? What do antique traditions have to teach us in the modern day? In our final episode of 2018, we also explore the myths and facts surrounding “dead ringers,” the decline of the Campbell Family, leeches, and post-mortem photography. Visit us at www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gBgyntxGzIc8h4wUKgurRzdCpt_5ssMR7MWveQXqpoI/edit?usp=sharing Send us feedback, thoughts, and ideas...

Duration:00:34:18

Necropolis Pt. 1

12/21/2018
The Victorian Mourning Society recreates an authentic St. Louis Funeral from the mid-1860’s. Follow us as we learn about the process of a traditional funeral during one of the most disastrous years in the City’s history. We also explore the life and demise of the 56th Colored Infantry of the Union Army. Visit us at www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gBgyntxGzIc8h4wUKgurRzdCpt_5ssMR7MWveQXqpoI/edit?usp=sharing Send us...

Duration:00:30:11

BONUS - Parklife Contest

11/6/2018
Win free custom neighborhood prints!

Duration:00:01:46

Parklife

11/5/2018
Are we "overparked"? This might sound like an absurd question...until you research why and how the quality of St. Louis City Parks can vary so widely. In this episode, join Matt & Lucas as they explore the funding mechanisms that feed or starve parks, the history and operation of one of the city's crown jewels, and help us determine whether we have too much green space, or are lucky to have it! Parkscore A handy guide to measuring the size and quality of parks, great for your civics wonks...

Duration:00:41:39

Shotspotter: One Year Later

9/8/2018
It's a one year anniversary for Blinders Off. We take a look back at Shotspotter, the gunfire detection technology St. Louis and major cities all over the US employ in the effort to reduce violent crime. We also talk to Jane Darst about NIBIN, a ballistics database for police and prosecutors. This is a mini-episode/update! Visit us at: http://www.blindersoff.show Our guests were: Jane Darst Police Prosecutor Partnership Initiative Grant Program Coordinator Lt. Colby Dolly Lieutenant at the...

Duration:00:22:09

Velocipede

7/12/2018
Our city is and has been a biking city. Don't believe us? We've got several stories that prove our point, including the 25th Bicycling Infantry, the Velodrome repairs, Bike sharing, Bworks, Ghost Bikes, and the upcoming Greenway Chouteau expansion. Join us as we explore the Twitter Troll horrors of Limebike fails, the City's permit for Bike sharing, the future of bicycling paths in St. Louis, and more. Visit us at: http://www.blindersoff.show Additional show notes and research are available...

Duration:00:48:19

Whiskeygate

5/18/2018
In the 1870s, Grant's presidency was plagued by corruption. Among them, the Whiskey Ring Scandal stands out. St. Louis was the center of the illicit affair that resulted in millions stolen from the government from while simultaneously funding Grant's re-election. In some ways, however, the greed of the Gilded age hasn't gone way. Visit us at: Visit us at: http://wwww.blindersoff.show Show notes and research are available here:...

Duration:00:34:11

Graffiti: A Love/Hate Relationship

4/16/2018
We explore the ways St. Louis loves and hates graffiti and other forms of public art. Visit us at: http://wwww.blindersoff.show Guests include: Wendell Phillips Berwick III Artist http://www.treetoons.com Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris Former UMSL Professor, now independent curator Carol Klein Author http://www.paintingforpeacebook.com Brightside STL http://www.brightsidestl.org DrRehab13 Chiropractor by day, rehabber by night https://www.instagram.com/drrehab13/ More info in the show notes:...

Duration:00:44:23

STL, Stop

3/7/2018
Lucas and Matthew investigate the St. Louis Stop, the notorious Compton Balls, and why STL streets are so weird. Visit us at our new website: blindersoff.show Show notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y0L9tV16E8boyUOPIOia9nxNQh7tTwRGLoFTLPr8qM4/edit?usp=sharing Guests include: Valerie Battle Kienzel, Author https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-Battle-Kienzle/e/B00DWNTOD6 http://www.valeriebattlekienzle.com/ Michael Allen, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and...

Duration:00:31:45

Labyrinth: Homelessness in St. Louis

11/21/2017
Lucas and Matthew explore homeless recovery and aid in St. Louis. Visit us at: http://wwww.blindersoff.show Start Here, an excellent resource guide for homeless services: http://www.startherestl.org/ Guests: Bobbi “Cici” Holt with Hope For Tomorrow Ministries https://www.facebook.com/steveandcici.holt Eddie Roth, Lawyer, Former Director of Human Services https://twitter.com/eddieroth Zak MT Standridge, Author https://www.amazon.com/Zak-MT-Standridge/e/B076BYK99J Gene Schmitt, Senior Director...

Duration:00:51:09